what to do about ants where i am about to place raised beds...
I just moved into a new house that had a 40' x 40' vegetable garden that was left untended for 6 years or so. I was able to save a plot of asparagus and a good number of raspberry bushes and I am planning to put raised beds in a 24'x34' that I have cleared.
As I was clearing the area I discovered a few ant colonies that looked pretty large. Various types of ants.. fun to watch them move their eggs back underground as I removed rocks and landscape fabric... but do they belong in my garden?
My question is what, if anything, should I do about them? Is it safe to spray them if I am going to be placing 12" of soil above where I spray? What about the colonies that fall where I will be placing pathways, etc.
Any advice is greatly welcome. I am new at this and want to make sure that I am starting out on a good foundation.